David Cason - Texas

With success at Tulsa and Vanderbilt, Cason is a national name in recruiting delivering respectability to the Longhorns on the trail. He can adapt to any recruiting landscape whether it be high-academic or junior college. The guy knows a thing or two about defense too! 

Matt Figger - South Carolina 

A significant contributor to the Gamecocks success, and known for rebuilding programs and players, Figger continually improves both the culture of the team, as well as the culture of the recruit as a young man. Figger will tell you that a culture resides in the heart and soul of its people, and that all starts with this passionate leader.

Tim Jankovich - SMU

Jankovich brought in arguably the greatest player in SMU history and now Naismith Award finalist to campus (Moore). He has already received commitments from very highly rated 2016 prospects. Jankovich might be the “coach-in-waiting”, but he waits for nothing, beating the bushes for the nation’s best. 

Kenny Johnson - Louisville

With a degree in cellular molecular biology and genetics, it’s no wonder this up and coming brilliant mentor in college basketball has been so successful mapping out the path and flow of recruits like mapping out the DNA of the Louisville basketball program up and down the East coast. 

Dennis Gates - Florida State

A successful recruiter at Northern Illinois, Nevada, and now Florida State, not to mention NBA ties as former Clippers skill-developer, The Gates to a national recruiting base for FSU are now wide open!  

Dane Fife - Michigan State

Fife has played a huge role in bridging the gap between a coaching legend and modern recruiting. Known for an uncanny ability to identify the right guys for the Spartan tradition, the class of 2016 is a special one and a huge win for MSU and Fife. 

Ricky Moore - UCONN

Selected by a head coach well known for his own recruiting prosperity speaks volumes about how Rickey can simply do Moore. With a philosophy focusing on intangibles like an athlete’s ability to bounce-back and his focus on team, Moore thrives on recruiting with integrity.  

David Patrick - LSU 

David Patrick simply works well with others. It's a trait of any great recruiter. Add in discipline and commitment, like following up on every detail, all while maintaining a humble approachable persona is what makes Patrick a highly respected recruiter. His ties outside of the US have given Patrick and the Tigers a major recruiting edge.

Tony Stubblefield - Oregon 

A proven recruiter at New Mexico and Cincinnati, Stubblefield was the choice to lead a crucial recruiting period for the Ducks starting in 2010. Judging by today’s top 10 ranking, he did (and continues to do) his job well! 

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 Erik Martin - West Virginia

Martin’s success on the recruiting trail is his ability to relate to prospective student-athletes not only from his own experience as a player, but also from his time playing in both the CBA and over-seas. Having played for his boss (Huggins) at Cincinnati, he has the right feel of who will have success in the Huggs system.  

Dwayne Stephens - Michigan State

Spartans were well disciplined in honor and warrior society…a family. In East Lansing, Michigan it is no different. And it's a selling point that sells itself on the recruiting trail. Stephens gets the job done, recruiting great basketball talent to keep Coach Izzo’s cupboard full.   

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Jeff Battle - Providence

The very definition of a strong recruiting assistant, this former Wake Forest recruiter started in Rhode Island with what he knew best; recruiting the states of Virginia and North Carolina. His work is paying dividends with the Friars making noise on the national level come signing days.  

Rob Moxley - NC State

A true basketball guy with a keen eye for talent; Moxley is one of the most respected recruiters in the game.  He will temporarily take some time off the road as he continues to work his way back to 100% health, but don’t kid yourself. Moxley will be back on the trail scooping up the nation’s elite in a matter of months.  

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Travis Steele - Xavier

A top national assistant under fourty, his recruits have led Xavier to four Sweet 16 appearances in five seasons and a current top 5 team in the country. Clearly Steele is a guy who simply gets “it”. And “IT” is only just beginning for both Xavier and Steele.

Chuck Martin - Indiana

Few have enjoyed the long and diverse career in basketball that has taken Martian all over the country over the last 17 years. The former NBA scout, as well as assistant and head college coach has had a major impact on the Hoosiers by identifying the right talent that best fits with Coach Crean’s scheme.

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Jerrance Howard - Kansas

One of two Jayhawks to make our list, Howard is a vital part of KU’s strong one-two combination on the recruiting trail. Howard comes from SMU (among other stops through his prolific career) where the fruits of his labor have shown in recent years.

Emanuel Richardson - Arizona

The wildly successful Cats can directly correlate their wins on the recruiting trail to the success on the court….and vice-versa. For “Book” Richardson, recruiting comes down to understanding young people and a long term commitment to helping them grow on and off the court. 

LaVall Jordan - Michigan

With his nose to the grindstone, Jordan quietly works both smart and hard. A true teacher mostly interested in impacting a young life, he is also a terrific developer of talent.  Young recruits are drawn to Jordan and his reputation as a mentor.

Kurtis Townsend - Kansas

Well connected nationally and representing a top program in the country, Townsend's relentless activity on the trail is a big reason KU has top 10 recruiting classes year in and year out. The veteran recruiter knows what it takes to win at the highest level and goes out and signs them up!

 

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Kenny Payne - Kentucky

Anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others is sure to align themselves with Payne. As a former first round NBA draft pick, he has a lot of advice for college recruits with an eye for the next level. The Cat’s recruiter has time and time again proven he is worth every cent of his huge assistant coaching contract. 

Chris Caputo - Miami

A strategic recruiter who diversifies his portfolio mixing a blend of high school, junior college, and graduate transfers, Caputo has an eye for talent and a sincere demeanor which has spelled wins in Coral Gables.  

Orlando Early - NC State

Orlando Early has an innate pulse of young people and a personality to win over the recruit and everyone in his camp.  He has been a huge part of the Wolfpack’s rebuild and will be leaned on even more heavily during Moxley’s hiatus.  

Jon Scheyer - Duke  

His youth enables him to connect with recruits on a level few others will understand. He is an important cog that keeps the Blue Devil’s wheels turning. The brand sells itself but it’s Scheyer who chooses how best to deliver, present and engage it. 

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Ron Sanchez - Virginia

Knowing and driving lanes both on the court and on the recruiting trail, this tireless, trust-worthy worker has established an honest connection with his recruits and those in their inner-circle which has paid off big time for the Cavaliers. 

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Mike Hopkins - Syracuse

Long revered as one of the nation's top recruiters among assistant coaches, Hopkins is responsible for some of the Orange’s most memorable moments via performers including but not limited to Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Dion Waiters and Michael Carter-Williams.

Top 25 High Major Assistant Coach Recruiters

Our national panel of media, scouts, and coaches voted on the Top 25 High Major Assistant Coach Recruiters. Panel members considered track record with high level signees, how those signees impacted their collegiate program, salesmanship, people skills, resilience, honesty and integrity, communication-skills, networking, follow through, and much more.